A New Malaria Pathogen Found In Chimpanzees From Gabon

Plasmodium falciparum is the protozoan parasite that causes malaria in humans and ultimately the death of 2-3 million people a year. If you didn't know, malaria is one of the most common infectious diseases and an enormous public health problem. Only one other malaria causing protozoan, a sister species of the P. falciparum parasite, P.... Continue Reading →

Right-Handed Bias & The Origins Of Communication

I spent a couple years studying non-verbal communication in gorillas, so to read news that there's some breakthroughs in our understandings handedness and communication in apes made me extremely excited. The news originates from Gillian Sebestyen-Forrester's latest paper in the journal Animal Behaviour, "A multidimensional approach to investigations of behaviour: revealing structure in animal communication... Continue Reading →

Are you smarter than Ayumu the chimp?

Last month Ayumu and five other chimpanzees made the news because of their outstanding cognitive performance. They even beat out college students in their tests. The results of the study was reported in Current Biology, "Working memory of numerals in chimpanzees." If you don't believe me check out the video of Ayumu rocking the test:... Continue Reading →

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